In a phone call with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni pledged his country’s support for Egypt’s “war on terrorism” following an bomb explosion outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo on Saturday, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.
The explosion at the consulate on Galaa Street in downtown Cairo took place at around 6:00am local time. One person was killed and ten injured, according to health ministry statements.
Gentiloni commented on Twitter that Italy “would not be intimidated” by the attack.
He noted that the victim was not Italian.
Shoukry told his Italian counterpart that Egypt, with support from Italy, should intensify its efforts in the fight against terrorism, according to the ministry statement.
In a subsequent phonecall, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told Gentiloni that such incidents show the importance of international cooperative efforts to fight terrorism.
El-Sisi told the Italian foreign minister that Egypt “pays all necessary attention” to each diplomatic and consulate mission on its territories.